Upcoming Colloquium

Quantum Computing in the Cloud and Industrial Quantum Technology
Dr. Grant Salton, Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab

November 28, 2022
11:00am in HSCI-102

Grant Salton

Quantum computing promises transformative computational advances with wide ranging utility. While achieving this goal requires significant technological and scientific advancement, many companies have made sizable investments into this technology. Amazon has emerged as a front-runner in this space, with several approaches to leveraging quantum computing for its customers.

In this talk, we will begin with an overview of the quantum technology efforts underway at Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the AWS approach to supporting customers (be they enterprise companies, startups, academic institutions, or individuals). We will then explore two recent quantum finance applications to understand how quantum computing can solve real-world problems (like options pricing and portfolio optimization), and what technological advancements are required to achieve the lofty goal of “quantum advantage.”

cat sitting in an amazon box
Fig. A cat sitting in an Amazon box.

The Colloquium is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in physics and what physicists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in physics. All students are encouraged to attend for a well-rounded experience and training in physics.

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Additional colloquia will be posted as details become available.

Upcoming Colloquia
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
November 28, 2022 Quantum Computing in the Cloud and Industrial Quantum Technology Dr. Grant Salton, Amazon
December 5, 2022 Student Presentations Students, CSU Long Beach

Previous Colloquia

The following colloquia have finished.

Previous Colloquia
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
November 14, 2022 The Insidious Neutrinos, Entropy, and Gravitational Collapse Dr. George Fuller, UC San Diego
November 7, 2022 How well do neurons, humans and artificial neural networks predict? Dr. Sarah Marzen, Claremont Colleges
October 31, 2022 Microfluidics tools for hydrodynamic studies of aquatic organisms Dr. Siavash Ahrar, CSU Long Beach
October 24, 2022 Open Quantum Systems Engineering with Superconducting Circuits Dr. Eli Levenson-Falk, USC
October 17, 2022 Squeezing 3D to 2D: ultrathin topological bismuth crystals grown inside an atomically-flat van der Waals mold Dr. Javier Sanchez-Yamagishi, UC Irvine
October 10, 2022 Molecular, Vesicular, and Cellular Profiling Using Nanopore Devices: What Information Is Obtainable? Dr. Kevin Freedman, UC Riverside
October 3, 2022 Planet Nine from Outer Space Dr. Mike Brown, Caltech
September 26, 2022 Atomic-scale visualization of topological spin textures Dr. Jay Gupta, The Ohio State University
September 19, 2022 Fundamental Physics at the Center of Our Galaxy Dr. Tuan Do, UCLA
September 12, 2022 SrCoO3: Stretching and Straining towards new Ferroic Properties Dr. Sara Callori, CSU San Bernardino
August 29, 2022 Meet 'n' Mix All Physics Students and Faculty, CSU Long Beach

The Colloquium Archive has the Colloquia from previous semesters.


We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

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